Posts tagged productivity

The Most Productive Times to Hold a Meeting

It’s definitely not Monday, according to business owners and experts who spoke to OPEN Forum.

Tuesday mornings. It lets people get over their case of the Mondays, while still having enough time to plot out the week.

Read more on the best (and worst) times to have a meeting on OPEN Forum.

This Piece of Advice Will Change The Way You Work

Seriously. It did for us, anyway:

Scrap your “to-do” list. Instead, move those tasks to your calendar by scheduling short blocks of time to focus on them. This creates a more realistic view of your available time and will also help track how you are actually spending your days. 

Read on for 18 more so-simple-why-didn’t-I-think-of-it productivity hacks on OPEN Forum.

11 Ways to Improve Your Brain Functioning

Feeling the midday slump? Get out of the office and bring your laptop to a coffee shop! The right level of distraction is actually good for you:

When you need nose-down concentration, it might not sound efficient to head to a coffee shop, but studies show that the noise provided by most coffee spots give your brain the right amount of productivity boost it needs. One study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, for instance, found that a small level of distraction (in this case, a coffee shop’s ambient background noise of 70 decibels) was just the right formula for heightened focus and creativity.

Read more of our great tips for boosting your brain power on OPEN Forum.

This Is Your Brain on Boredom

It’s quite productive, actually, according to new studies:

When your brain is tired, you take in distractions that you would normally ignore because your mind is too drowsy and disorganized to fight the invasion. Your tired brain struggles to focus on one thing at a time, so you wander, gather loads of irrelevant information, and connect those random pieces together, which can result in offbeat solutions or innovative products and ideas.

From OPEN Forum’s “Why Being Bored and Tired Can Improve Your Creativity

Why You Need to Stop Working So Hard

…As it turns out, workaholics are the least-efficient workers. If you’re working a 12-hour day, then you don’t have to be efficient. You’ve got all day—or all night if necessary—to get your work accomplished. With no sense of urgency, you’re free to fritter your time away on office pools, Internet “research” and Facebook. 

Learn how to become a more productive worker—and get out of the busy trap—on OPEN Forum.

Everyone knows that work meetings can be the worst. At best, they’re an effective use of everyone’s time and efforts, but really, how often does that happen? Thankfully these five rules for productive meetings will make everyone a little happier when they see a staff meeting on their iCals.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday. 

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Small business owners share the affordable (and free!) apps they use to keep them organized and successful.

 ”That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs
For 24 more inspirational quotes from history’s foremost minds, visit OPEN Forum.

 ”That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs

For 24 more inspirational quotes from history’s foremost minds, visit OPEN Forum.